Sleeping in Airports

Gander Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Gander Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I was asleep by 11:00pm and almost missed my flight at 6:00am!  – Mark

YQX Airport Overview

gander airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Gander International Airport.

What to Expect

Gander Airport (YQX) consists of a small dated terminal with a gift shop restaurant/bar and 24-hour café. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Staff are known for their hospitality. Travellers report that there are plenty of armrest-free benches conducive for sleeping. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

The Gander Airport earned accolades for its response during the 9/11 crisis, when it successfully landed 38 re-routed airplanes. With the help of the local population, airport staff successfully helped shelter more than 6,000 stranded passengers.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Gander Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Sinbads Hotel & Suites -(12 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Quality Hotel & Suites – (13 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle service. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Inn – (14 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle service. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Gander Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Gander airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside.

Baby Care Facilities – Washrooms are equipped with baby changing tables. A private nursing area can be found in the women’s washroom.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available for international flight passengers. Cameo Corner gift shop, located in the Weston’s restaurant, is open to all passengers.

Food & Drinks – Weston’s At The Airport is open 24 hours. The Beech Bar & Grill is the airport’s other dining option, open daily from 1:00PM – 9:00PM. Vending machines are also available.

Information Desk – Need assistance or information?  The airport’s information desk is open 24 hours a day.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Gander airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • PAL Airlines • SunWing • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


DRL Coachlines Ltd. operates a daily scheduled passenger coach service across Newfoundland. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the DRL Coachlines website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies can be found at Gander Airport: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • National • Thrifty. Location: Kiosks are located inside the terminal.


Busy Bee Cabs provide a 24-hour service available curbside in the Domestic Arrivals area.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.